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Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck: Initial Thoughts by Tom Harle

Right, so after sadly being unable to make the prerelease for Return to Ravnica I've now done enough sealed decks and drafts to vaguely think I know some things worth talking about it this awesome new format.

Anatomy of a Draft: A Beginners Guide to MTG Drafting, by...

This week I want to really break down the thought processes that you should be going through during a draft.

Return to Ravnica Cards and Standard Deck Ideas by Tom Harle

So the full spoiler is now up and, rather than going through everything card by card I'll just finish talking about the cards I think are going to be most impactful:

Return to Ravnica: What Each Guilds Offer with Tom Harle

So it's spoiler season and that means every half baked Magic writer gets to air their pointless opinions on cards that will soon be played in a completely unknown format! Never one to buck the trend here are some of my ramblings on what has been spoiled so far:

How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Today i'm going to talk you through a recently m13 8-4 draft and then talk a little bit more about something I touched on last time – limited mana bases and how you can try and affect them during the drafting process.

M13 Drafting Guide: Natural Synergies in Magic 2013 with Tom Harle

Today I want to talk in pretty general terms about the natural synergies that exist between colours in limited.

Grand Architect Deck Tech in Standard with Tom Harle

The deck is obviously based on the Grand Architect deck that Brad Nelson used to come second at a GP with a few months ago with a few changes which I shall go through here.

PTQ Chesham 2012 Standard Tournament Report – Esper Mid-Range with Tom...

But there was a PTQ yesterday in Chesham which I did a fair bit of preparation for and came an agonising 9th at so it's time to get back in the saddle and play some Magic.

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